A Sandwich a Day: Almost Grilled Cheese from Con Pane in San Diego, CA
In this great nation of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Con Pane's "Almost Grilled Cheese" ($4.35 for a half; $6.75 for the whole) relies on three basic ingredients: triple cream French brie, crumbled gorgonzola, and rosemary olive oil bread. Instead of being pan-fried in butter as with many grilled cheese sandwiches, it's oven-roasted, which warms the cheeses and delicately toasts the bread. Fresh roma tomatoes are an optional extra, but let's be honest—they're a must because they take the edge off the cheese and add a much needed note of sweetness.
You should be warned: this is a very aggressive sandwich. Anywhere else, the bread might be overwhelmed by such strong cheeses, but at Con Pane, that's not the case. The fresh-baked rosemary bread is so fragrant, you're hit with the aroma before you even bite into it. This probably deserves to be added to our Grilled Cheese Honor Roll.
Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe
2750 Dewey Rd, Ste 105, San Diego CA 92106 (map); 619-224-4344